Kid's Cafe Provides Enriching Opportunities for the Children of Duluth

By KBJR News 1

June 11, 2013 Updated Jun 11, 2013 at 8:27 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- With school out for the summer the Damiano Center in Duluth has begun an after school program that provides a free meal and activities for children and their families.

Kid's Café is a program that runs year round and on Monday the Damiano Center kicked off its new summer session.

The Café provides a safe atmosphere for learning in a supervised environment.

Activities range from arts and crafts, to physical recreation and fitness exercises, to games, and hands-on nutrition activities which teach kids how to make food from scratch.

For example, the Café has its own garden from which they hand pick tomatoes and peppers to make salsa and fresh salads.

Program Coordinator Oscar Lopez says the best part of the program is providing a safe place for at- risk youth.

"The most rewarding part of this job for me is to provide a, provide kids with opportunities that they wouldn't normally have access to.
And opportunity to kind of grow in this community and get to know other parents, other kids, and foster a sense of belonging," says Lopez.

Healthy meals at Kid's Café are served Monday through Thursday from two to three PM.

The age range at the Center is quite broad, from infants to seventeen.

Elsa Robins